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AT&T Spends $780 Million to Buy More Spectrum

January 22, 2013 10:13 am | by CNET | Comments

AT&T is spending $780 million in cash to scoop up more wireless spectrum. The company announced Tuesday that it is buying the U.S. retail wireless operations of a carrier called Atlantic Tele-Network or ATNI. As part of the deal, AT&T will acquire wireless spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 585,000 subscribers.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Hit by Update Glitch

January 22, 2013 9:32 am | by CNET | Comments

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet may have caught a bug from a recent firmware update. Since January 10, several Surface users have chimed in on Microsoft's Community forums, complaining that Windows Update is not responding. The initial message in the thread sums up the problem in a nutshell...

GeeksPhone Reveals Firefox OS Phones for Developers

January 22, 2013 6:48 am | by CNET | Comments

A small Spanish start-up called GeeksPhone has started selling phones that let developers get a taste of Mozilla's new Firefox OS. GeeksPhone announced two 3G phones for the browser-based operating system, the lower-end Keon and higher-end Peak. The phones, while geared for programmers rather than mainstream customers...


AMD Hires Chip Veterans, Diversifies Beyond PCs

January 22, 2013 6:01 am | by Reuters | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices Inc has hired two senior engineers with experience at Qualcomm Inc and Apple Inc, its latest high-level recruitments as it diversifies beyond a slowing personal computer industry, sources close to the chipmaker said. Charles Matar, with expertise in low-power and embedded chip design, joined as AMD's vice president...

BlackBerry Z10 Looks Like iPhone 5, Takes on Siri

January 21, 2013 6:30 pm | by Emily Price | Comments

RIM is set to announce the first devices running its new BlackBerry 10 operating system at an event on January 30. A lucky few, however, have already gotten their hands on what looks to be the new hardware, including German site TelekomPresse.

Intellectual Ventures Settles Patent Lawsuit with Microsemi

January 21, 2013 4:16 pm | by CNET | Comments

Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures announced today it had resolved its long-running patent infringement litigation with chip maker Microsemi. The settlement dispenses with all patent litigation between the two and makes Microsemi a licensee of segments of Intellectual Ventures' massive patent portfolio. Financial terms of the settlement were not revealed.

Researchers Create Method for More Sensitive Electrochemical Sensors

January 21, 2013 3:59 pm | by Northwestern Engineering | Comments

Graphene and related materials hold promise for the future of electrochemical sensors — detectors that measure the concentration of oxygen, toxic gases, and other substances — but many applications require greater sensitivity at lower detection ranges than scientists have been able to achieve.

Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules for More Effective Teleportation

January 21, 2013 3:50 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

For the last ten years, theoretical physicists have shown that the intense connections generated between particles as established in the quantum law of 'entanglement' may hold the key to eventual teleportation of quantum information. Now, for the first time, researchers have worked out how entanglement could be 'recycled' to increase the efficiency of these connections.


Smart Refrigerator Runs Apps for Shopping Lists, Recipes

January 21, 2013 1:13 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Refrigerators are getting smart. A new model released earlier this month runs apps to help users browse recipes, create shopping lists and manage the expiration dates of items like yogurt and milk. The T9000 refrigerator by electronics company Samsung has a 10-inch Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen and includes apps such as Epicurious for recipes...

5 Connected Objects to Smarten Up Your Home

January 21, 2013 9:03 am | by Mashable | Comments

Imagine waking up in a fully automated home. The light on your nightstand gradually begins to brighten, your blinds unfold to welcome the morning light, coffee brews in the kitchen and music begins to play, all without you lifting a finger. Until recently, even partially automated homes were exclusive to the domains of engineers and home owners...


Turn Your Smartphone Into a Rugged Camera With This G-Form Case

January 21, 2013 1:04 am | by Anita Li | Comments

Smartphones and extreme sports are natural enemies, as bringing your prized iPhone on that mountain-biking trip is a surefire way to get it lost or broken. For this reason, thrill-seekers have often turned to GoPro for action cameras that can capture footage while on-the-go.

Apple Earnings Need To Overcome Technical Malaise

January 19, 2013 8:11 am | by Reuters | Comments

To those who study technical stock charts, Apple Inc looks broken. Even though it is widely viewed to be undervalued after hitting an 11-month low this week and nine out of 10 brokerages recommend that investors buy or hold the stock, Apple shareholders could still be in for more rough times if technical strategists are right.

A Log-in Finger Ring? Google Working on Password Alternatives

January 18, 2013 2:22 pm | by Samantha Murphy | Comments

The topic of passwords has made headlines in the past year — from high-profile hacks to web users repeatedly not picking the right ones — but Google has its sights set on making the login-process much more secure in the future. How secure, you may ask?


RIM Launches Final BlackBerry 10 'Portathon' Event

January 18, 2013 10:20 am | by CNET | Comments

Research In Motion will hold its apparently final BlackBerry 10 "Portathon" this weekend. Running from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m. PT tomorrow, the event will allow developers to port their applications available on other mobile platforms to BlackBerry 10.

Check Out the Sports Floor From the Future

January 18, 2013 9:29 am | by Mashable | Comments

Imagine a runner on a track with a glowing marker that follows her, showing speed and time. Or a tennis court that shows for sure whether the ball was out, or even a basketball court floor that runs ads during half time. Those are some of the possibilities with a glass floor designed by German company ASB Systembau GMBH.


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